6 Overdoses in Hampton’s Linked to Fentanyl Laced Cocaine
Fentanyl is a powerful synthetic opiate medication prescribed for severe pain. Also known as (Actiq, Duragesic, and Sublimaze), fentanyl is used to treat chronic severe pain when other opioids are no longer effective. It is also often prescribed for cancer pain. Fentanyl used to be mainly used to assist with anesthesia, but it has made its way out of the clinical setting.
Fentanyl is 50 to 100 times more potent than morphine, and illicit users will usually tell you it is significantly stronger and better than heroin. Therefore, this medication has a high potential for abuse and dependency, and it is very dangerous.
Fentanyl Laced Cocaine Causes More Overdoses Than Any Other Drug in the United States
Fentanyl is easily manufactured in labs. Since it is easy and rather cheap to make and weighs much less than heroin or any other illicit drug, it is much easier to smuggle into the country. For this very reason, a lot of illicit drugs are now being laced with fentanyl.
Heroin is the primary drug you hear most about; however, fentanyl has also shown up in cocaine, Xanax, and other pain medications like oxycodone and Percocet. Fentanyl laced heroin has caused more overdose deaths in the United States than any other drug.
Six Overdoses in The Hampton's Related to Fentanyl Laced Cocaine
Long Island, including all of the Northeast and Connecticut and the surrounding areas, is in the middle of a drug abuse epidemic like the rest of this country. However, fentanyl has made this epidemic much worse and significantly increased the death rate due to overdose.
In a recent article by news12 New Jersey titled “Southold police: 6 people suffer from fatal overdoses in the past week”:
Authorities say eight people in total have overdosed in the Town of Southold and Shelter Island, including the six who died – who are between the ages of 25 and 35. (newjersey.news12.com)
This is no longer only due solely to fentanyl-laced heroin. These deaths were possibly linked to a bad batch of cocaine laced with fentanyl. Supposedly the batch was purchased in Greenport village.
Fentanyl And Overdose Deaths Over Last Years
Over the last several years, fentanyl-related overdose deaths have been at epidemic levels. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention states,
Rates of overdose deaths involving synthetic opioids other than methadone, including fentanyl and fentanyl analogs, increased over 16% from 2018 to 2019. Overdose deaths involving synthetic opioids were nearly 12 times higher in 2019 than in 2013. More than 36,000 people died from overdoses involving synthetic opioids in 2019. The latest provisional drug overdose death counts through May 2020 suggest an acceleration of overdose deaths during the COVID-19 pandemic. (CDC.GOV)
There is a huge risk that a good portion of illicit drugs that are currently going around is intentionally laced with fentanyl. This drug is so powerful that it only takes a small amount to stop a person from breathing.
Sign and Symptoms of Fentanyl Overdose
Other opioids may gradually produce overdose symptoms. Fentanyl is so potent that overdose can happen quickly and without any euphoria or other side effects leading up to the overdose. Some of the symptoms of a fentanyl overdose can include:
- Difficulty breathing
- Extreme sleepiness or fatigue
- The trouble with memory or cognition
- Inability to walk, stumbling, or loss of coordination
- Blue lips or mouth
- Contracted pupils
If you suspect someone may be experiencing a fentanyl overdose, call 911 immediately. There is medication available to reverse the overdose, but the person must receive medical attention immediately. Naloxone is an opioid antagonist that binds to the opioid receptors and can reverse and block the effects of opioids. If given in time, this medication can save a person’s life.
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